Tech Park talk in Slingerlands

Town wraps up Community Town Halls with updates on Vista, hamlet plans

— Morelli said the project has been pulled from the agenda of the town’s Industrial Development Agency meetings twice because Joe Nicolla of Columbia Development is in negotiations with one, potentially two, tech companies to also lease space within the same building. Morelli said he believes Nicolla wants to have leases signed by all the businesses before going back to the IDA for approval.

Officials also discussed the New Scotland Road Hamlet Plan that originated in 2006. The town had previously held a gathering for those in Slingerlands to discuss what kind of feel they would like the hamlet to have. One resident volunteered to draw up the ideas, and they are now available on the town’s website.

The focus was on the section of New Scotland Road north of the roundabout. According to Morelli, those who participated said they wanted the area to have an upscale, downtown feel that was walkable. Many compared what they wanted to Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

“Obviously, this is still years off,” said Morelli, citing money issues and the need to get the state Department of Transportation on board.

However, the area has begun to be developed. Morelli said the location is attractive to developers because of its close proximity to Vista. An upscale apartment complex called The Hamlets is now being built and should be open by the summer.

The meeting finished with a long discussion about the highway referendum that took place on Tuesday, April 30.

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